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Parkinson’s Disease Robs Linda Ronstadt Of Her Singing Ability

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News out this weekend that a serious illness has silenced one of the sweetest voices of our time.Linda Ronstadt has announced that Parkinson's Disease has robbed her of her ability to sing. ABC's David Muir has the details.

Singer, Linda Ronstadt, known for that voice, her extraordinary range, says she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a neurological disorder 8 months ago.  Revealing her ability to sing has been stolen. 

At 67 years old saying ‘I can't sing a note.'  Telling AARP Magazine "No one can sing with Parkinson's Disease.  No matter how hard you try."

"I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why, she told the magazine.  "I knew it was mechanical.  I knew it had to do with the muscles."

Parkinson's affects the nervous system.  60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year thousands more go undetected.  There are treatments, but none reverse the affects of the disease.

She said she first noticed symptoms 8 years ago, but thought they were because of a tick bite.  Symptoms often include tremors, poor balance, difficulty with coordination.

She uses poles to help walk - sometimes relying on a wheelchair.  Ronstadt won 11 Grammys over the years - famous for so many songs – that number 1 hit early on, 'Hurt So Bad.'  So many more skyrocketing on billboard charts in the years that followed.

 She started performing at 14 - with her siblings.  Later in her career winning one of those Grammys - for her duo with Aaron Neville, 'Don't Know Much.'

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